Newport Refugee Week
21 October 2013

Newport Refugee Week

Former Welsh International Nathan Blake attends momentous Event

Former Welsh International Nathan Blake attends momentous Event



On Saturday 6 July more than 120 senior players took part in a football tournament at the play football.net venue in Bettws, Newport. The tournament, coordinated by Zimbabwe Newport Volunteering Association and supported by the Welsh Football Trust, was set up as part of a family fun day out to celebrate Newport Refugee Week.



The tournament was opened by ex Premier League and Welsh international Nathan Blake.

The teams comprised of Ladies, Homeless Youth and different community groups along with six refugee football teams who all battled out to win the competition.

Robert Muza from the Zimbabwe Newport Voluntary Association commented “I was pleased that it was a very successful day, the most touching thing for me coming from a refugee background was the social interaction between migrants and receiving communities. Through sport, music and food people share the same thing and it breaks down barriers.”

The other aim of the day was to encourage young people to play sport together and break down city geographical and ethnic barriers. It was also an opportunity to promote the already existing ‘turn up and play’ Futsal sessions being held in the Newport Centre every Tuesday at 6.30pm. All players who attended the Refugee Week event will be welcome to take part on Tuesdays.